(Kansas Statutes Annotated)
8-1405. "Bicycle" defined.
Bicycle" means every device propelled by human power upon which
any person may ride, having two (2) tandem wheels, either of which is
more than fourteen (14) inches in diameter.
History: L. 1974, ch. 33, § 8-1405; July. 1.
8-1586. Unlawful acts; application of regulations.
(c) The provisions of K.S.A. 8-1587 to 8-1592, inclusive, which are applicable
to bicycles shall apply whenever a bicycle is operated upon any highway
or upon any path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles, subject
to those exceptions stated herein.
History: L. 1974, ch. 33, § 8-1586; L. 1975, ch. 39, § 14;
L. 1984, ch. 39, § 10; Jan. 1, 1985.
8-1587. Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles.
(All traffic laws apply to bicyclists.)
Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be granted all of
the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the
driver of a vehicle by this act, except as otherwise provided in K.S.A.
8-1586 to 8-1592, inclusive, and except as to those provisions of this
act which by their nature can have no application.
History: L. 1974, ch. 33, § 8-1587; L. 1975, ch. 39, § 15;
8-1588. Riding on bicycles.
(Limitations specified on the number of riders per bicycle)
(a) A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride
a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.
(b) No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than
the number for which it is designed and equipped.
History: L. 1974, ch. 33, § 8-1588; July 1.
8-1589. Same; clinging to other vehicles prohibited.
(Bicyclists cannot cling to motor vehicles)
No person riding upon any bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled or toy
vehicle shall attach the same, himself or herself to any vehicle upon
History: L. 1974, ch. 33, § 8-1589; July 1.
8-1590. Riding on bicycles or mopeds; riding on roadways and bicycle
(Bicyclists must ride to the right)
(a) Every person operating a bicycle or a moped upon a roadway at less
than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the
conditions then existing shall ride as near to the right side of the
roadway as practicable, except under any of the following situations
when: (1) Overtaking and passing another bicycle or vehicle proceeding
in the same direction; (2) preparing for a left turn at an intersection
or into a private road or driveway; or (3) reasonably necessary to avoid
conditions including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, parked
or moving bicycles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards or
narrow width lanes that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand
edge of the roadway.
(b) Any person operating a bicycle or a moped upon a one-way highway
with two or more marked traffic lanes may ride as near to the left side
of the roadway as practicable.
(c) Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than
two abreast, except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive
use of bicycles.
(d) Wherever a usable path for bicycles has been provided adjacent to
a roadway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the roadway.
(e) For purposes of this section, "narrow width lane" means
a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and a vehicle to travel safely
side-by-side within the lane.
History: L. 1974, ch. 33, § 8-1590; L. 1995, ch. 188, § 7;
8-1591. Same; carrying articles.
(One hand must always be on the bicycle handlebars)
No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article
which prevents the driver from keeping at least one (1) hand upon the
History: L. 1974, ch. 33, § 8-1591; July 1.
8-1592. Lamps, brakes and other equipment on bicycles.
(Light/lamp visibility specifications)
(a) Every bicycle when in use at nighttime shall be equipped with a
lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance
of at least five hundred (500) feet to the front and with a red reflector
on the rear of a type approved by the secretary of transportation which
shall be visible from all distances from one hundred (100) feet to six
hundred (600) feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful lower
beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle. A lamp emitting a red light visible
from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear may be used in
addition to the red reflector.
(b) Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the
operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.
(c) No person shall sell a pedal for use on a bicycle, unless such pedal
is equipped with a reflector of a type approved by the secretary of transportation
which is visible from the front and rear of the bicycle to which it is
attached during darkness from a distance of two hundred (200) feet, and
no person shall sell a new bicycle, unless it is equipped with pedals
meeting the requirements of this subsection.
History: L. 1974, ch. 33, § 8-1592; L. 1975, ch. 427, § 29;
8-1592a. Application of 8-1586 to 8-1592 to motorized bicycles.
The provisions of K.S.A. 8-1586 to 8-1592, inclusive, shall be applicable
to motorized bicycles, and every person operating a motorized bicycle
shall be subject to the provisions thereof.
History: L. 1976, ch. 42, § 6; Jan. 1, 1977.
8-1592b. Low power cycles; traffic law application; no registration
or driver's license required.
Vehicle registration and driver's license shall not be required for operation
of a low power cycle. Traffic regulations applicable to bicycles shall
apply to low power cycles except tricycles with no brake horsepower.
History: L. 1980, ch. 42, § 4; July 1